The board

The Board of Directors ensures that Salford Community Leisure conducts its affairs in accordance with its purpose as outlined in the Rules of the organisation. Setting the policies, strategies and objectives, the Board also supervises the Chief Executive. The board is accountable to the members through elections and the power of removal. It has full legal responsibility for running the business.

Three executive directors (Stephen HassallRay Higson and Sarah Spence) sit on the Board alongside four non-executive directors:

Andy Fethers

Andy’s passion for sport started at an early age and has continued into adult life. His participation these days is limited to football, cycling, gym and the odd triathlon, for which he undertakes his outdoor swim training at the Watersports Centre.  His interest in sport and leisure has carried over into his professional life.  Andy is a financial adviser, based in the North West, and was involved in the original establishment of Salford Community Leisure. He has also worked with a number of other local authority leisure undertakings, helping develop new and refurbished facilities and improve services.  He is keen to help Salford Community Leisure develop its broad portfolio of services for the wider benefit of the local community.

Ross Griffiths

Ross is a solicitor now retired from legal practice who specialised in the public services sector and has experience in Salford with the city council, NHS and various housing bodies. Ross was project manager for the legal elements of the original establishment of Salford Community Leisure and has been involved with us in various capacities since 2003. He continues to advise public sector clients on a consultancy basis

Robin Culpin

Robin retired as Head of Cultural Services in 2010 after 37 years experience in Salford's Libraries, Museums and Arts. He led the teams responsible for the computerisation of libraries, the development of the new Gateway libraries and the successful application for Heritage Lottery funding for, and subsequent redevelopment of, Ordsall Hall. Through his interest in Salford's heritage, he wrote and compiled several books about the history of Irlam & Cadishead and Worsley and the Bridgewater Canal. Robin played a large part in the transfer of the Libraries and Information, Museums and Heritage and Arts Development Services to Salford Community Leisure.

A keen golfer and Manchester City supporter, Robin still likes to visit exhibitions and events in Salford and, through his work on the Board, continues to help develop high quality sporting and cultural services for the people of Salford.

Wendy Walker

Wendy retired as SCL Assistant Chief Executive in 2013 after 33 years experience in Salford’s sport and leisure management team. Wendy was involved in securing the funding for many of the capital and revenue projects to develop the sports facilities and development programmes in the City. She was born in Salford and has a passion to ensure Salford is always at the forefront of sports development opportunities for the people of the City.  

Wendy has also worked on many prestigious sport events both in the City and across Greater Manchester, including a 2 year secondment at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games and subsequently leading the Salford Team which delivered the Triathlon World Cup event in Salford 2003 – 2008.

Wendy is keen to retain her relationship with SCL to ensure the continued development of sport in Salford .

The board secretary is Susan Leonard. Sue can be contacted by calling 0161 778 0439 or emailing